Hungry Like the Wolf

Yes, you already know how much we love Duran Duran (I mean, c’mon… we’re an 80s site, people!), but we think it’s worth a few minutes of our time to sing the praises of the song that started it all for them (at least in America).

Sure, our Fab Five were doing okay for themselves in England during the first few years of the 80s. “Planet Earth”, “Careless Memories”, and “Girls on Film” had all charted, but they just couldn’t break through across the pond. And then, in May 1982, with the release of Rio, that Yanks finally started taking notice. And why were they taking notice, you ask?

Well, quite frankly… it was because of this:

I know, it was almost thirty years ago, but try to think back to what music videos looked like before Duran Duran. Cheesy, low-budget, and boring, right? Now, we’re joggin’ down the streets of Sri Lanka, canoing up exotic rivers, stalked in the forest, too close to hide. I’ll be upon you by the moonlight side. Do do do do do do do do do do do do do do dooooo.

As the story goes, Simon got some inspiration from “Little Red Riding Hood”, Nick got some inspiration from Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind” (seriously, give it a listen, and you’ll hear the do-do-dos in the guitar bridge at 1:27), and all five guys were inspired by the snazzy new technology in the music industry, including the Roland 808 drum machine. Put all that together, and you got yourselves a hit, boys.

“Hungry Like the Wolf” was the first Duran Duran tune to crack the Billboard charts, staying in the top 100 for 23 weeks, and peaking at #3 at the end of March 1983.

From the opening laugh by Nick’s then-girlfriend, straight through to her moans at the end, “Hungry Like the Wolf” lingers on today as one of the best debut singles, best videos, and best pop tunes from the 80s.

“Mouth is alive, all running inside, and I’m hungry like the wolf.”

…whatever that means.

We ♥ Hungry Like the Wolf.

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~ by weheart80s on March 16, 2011.

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